SC Senate Votes Against Legislative Pay Raise

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina senators have voted against giving themselves a pay raise.

The Senate voted 10-32 on Wednesday to uphold Gov. Nikki Haley's veto against a $12,000 annual increase in legislators' stipend.

But the Senate overrode most other vetoes, including $2 million for senior caregivers. The Senate voted 39-4 to restore $2 million to the lieutenant governor's Office on Aging. Haley says the agency is growing too fast.

Former Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell says programs that help seniors live independently in their homes save taxpayers money, because Medicaid-paid nursing beds are 40 times more expensive.

The Senate sustained just seven budget items, tallying less than $1.3 million. That adds to the $1.4 million in cuts upheld Tuesday by the House.


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